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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Two state construction projects recognized nationally

My Town: Two state construction projects recognized nationally

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MDOT)-- The Michigan Department of Transportation's M-231 bridge over Little Robinson Creek in Ottawa County, and the city of Grand Rapids' Plainfield Avenue reconstruction project have been selected by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as winners in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The awards were presented today at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) regional conference in Indianapolis. The competition was created in 2008 with the support of AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to acknowledge the performance of state departments of transportation that are leading the way in bringing high value for the public's investment. Projects nominated in this competition are making communities stronger, our economy more efficient and our quality of life better.  

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to help with its biggest volunteer event of the year, one month from today.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, also known as “Stamp Out Hunger”,  is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.  Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help move food from the post office to the Food Bank.  Help is needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple locations around Grand Rapids.  To sign up or learn more, send an email with “NALC” in the subject line to Dena Rogers at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.

My Town Plainfield Township: Senior Center gets new transportation

My Town Plainfield Township: Senior Center gets new transportation

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Senior citizens have a new way to get around in Plainfield Township.

During its regular meeting March 3, the Plainfield Township Board approved purchasing a shuttle bus for the Plainfield Senior & Community Center. The 2013 Eldorado National bus can carry up to 29 passengers.  Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the bus is being paid for with a $20,000 Community Development Block Grand and $35,000 in donations to the Center. The bus will be owned by the township, but maintained by Northview Public Schools through additional donations to the Senior & Community Center.

Van Wyngarden says the purchase is a great example of separate government organizations working together to provide cost effective services that meet the needs of the community.

Save A Life Tour visits Northview High School Jan. 29

Save A Life Tour visits Northview High School Jan. 29

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—The International Save A Life Tour is coming to Northview High School.

The multi-media program will take place Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The program provides two multi-million dollar simulators to students, so they can experience how texting and drinking alcohol can impact their driving.

The National Save A Life Tour has been endorsed by high schools, colleges, the military and hospitals nationwide.  The program is focused on curbing dangerous driving habits that kill or injure thousands of people each year.